Monday, June 14, 2010

World Cup Recap: Day 4 Match 1

Another early start this morning, this time being a work day. So up at 4:30 and then in the shower by 5:15 and back in front of the TV by 5:30. The first 20 minutes each day are absolutely brutal and I always question why oh why am I doing this? After a shower and a cup of Kona though, the world seems to regulate a little bit and I am now at work and ready to go home this afternoon and continue where I left off after the first match.

This morning was all about... Otherwise known as the Netherlands. These people certainly do keep to tradition with their colors. You may remember them with their bright orange ski suits in Vancouver that make them look like a ball of fire shooting down the mountains. Before the morning highlights though, a few noteworthy...ummm...notes.

Zinedine Zidane spotted at yet another world cup venue!
This marks (I believe) the third match and third city that I have seen Frenchman Zidane standing ominously in the shadows of the club level, looking along disapprovingly at the action on the field. It's starting to become like a game of Where's Waldo. All of these veteran players, Maradona, Beckham, and Zidane all stand around glaring and thinking " If you subbed me in now, I could tear up these kids". Proud bunch.

Speaking of France...
Apparently the vuvuzelas have begun to take their toll at the World Cup, and it appears that there is a movement in place to ban them some time soon. The president has conceded that he will ban them "if necessary" which most likely means unless there is vuvuzela violence, it ain't gunna happen. Really though, the only one's that I have heard complaining are A) the american media, and B) France. France has been essentially the only squad to off-handedly suggest that the vuvuzelas aided in a communication difficulty, thus causing the French to play like buffoons.

I will say that, surprisingly, the vuvuzelas have grown on me, and it would actually feel really weird NOT to hear them during the match. I say keep am and blow them with pride!

Netherlands vs Denmark

Or Dutch vs Danes or the other way gets pretty confusing before sunrise. Anyways, this is way tricky to get you some decent photos without blowing the rest of today's matches currently being played. So I took a few seconds (literally) and produced a depiction of major story to this match...
This is a sorry little Dane (didn't catch his name and can't look online) who, early in the second half accidentally got the ball rolling...the wrong direction, as he headed it into his own goal. Not that it was the decider though, as Netherlands showed some crafty and speedy moves near the net and scored another fancy goal and nearly a third that got by the goalie and was booted off-track by a Dane at the absolute last possible moment. While I don't put a ton of stock in Netherlands, that speed up front is pretty lethal and it could serve them well. A reasonably entertaining start to the day.

More later tonight. I have to go into World Cup hiding now!


  1. Don't forget to count that own-goal towards my entries for Denmark. A goal's a goal.

  2. Joe and I are splitting the prize if he wins. That's why I did it.

  3. Plenty of comments about the vuvs in the UK,one of the channels showing the games(BBC)is thinking of offering the option of commentary only,ie no sound from the stadium,I must admit Im starting to find them tedious,every game sounds the same,for example at the USA V England game couldnt hear the band playing "The Great Escape" ,any singing or even the ever inventive U S A, U S A .... The special qualities of each game arent shining through..